Three out of ten students find mathematics to be a tough subject. It’s a nightmare for large percentage of kids. Maths exams are seen as a dreadful event by both kids and parents. Many children who happily show off their counting skills in early school years later consider math class the most despicable hour of the school day.
Is Maths that dreadful?
“math is no harder than other subjects, but it is different. You will succeed by taking those differences into account.” – Stan Brown
Maths is like making a big house with building blocks. Only if the base is strong building will be able stand towering above others. If the concept about numbers and the value it carries is not understood, then addition and subtraction will become difficult. Multiplication and Division will make it more harder and by the time they approach Trigonometry and Geometry the only thing they have in mind will be hatred and fear towards the subject. This is not because some kids are good with math’s and some are not, but some kids have the ability to grasp it faster than others and the class proceeds at the pace of fastest ones.
Understand how Math’s is different from rest of the subjects and give it a special treatment, it no longer will be dreadful
Look at some comparisons Stan Brown uses to highlight ‘How Maths is different from Other subjects’
Math is like sports
Have you learned a sport by just reading books and understanding it’s facts…NO….To learn a sport one need to do it and practice it umpteen times. It’s the same with math’s. One can’t just read the book, but have to practice problems.
Math is like foreign languages
The first step towards learning a new language is to learn all its alphabets and grammar. Same is true with math’s.